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Postby ankitvaid464 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:02 pm

Jon thinks he's a simple guy. He says there are only a few things in life he cares about. His car, his apartment, his family -- but it's actually a fairly long list. Likewise, the routines by which he does these things are pretty complicated, including one of his most active hobbies. Jon pleasures himself to online porn at least once a day but has to go through a whole process to enjoy it. Nothing simple about it.

That's the rope-a-dope of “Don Jon,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as writer and director. The “Looper” star has set up what looks like a fairly straightforward comedy about an average New York Guido whose addiction to porn gets in the way of his having a meaningful relationship. When he starts dating Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), he thinks she's the one. His internet habits provide the only hitch. He can curtail his tomcatting in reality, just not virtually.

“Don Jon” is raunchy. The dialogue’s frank and much of what we see is explicit enough to make this a film exclusively for grown-ups. Luckily, the emotional places Gordon-Levitt takes his characters are pretty grown-up, too. Taking a cue from Jonathan Levine, with whom the actor made the criminally underseen “50/50,” Gordon-Levitt hides some heavy-duty stuff behind the broad comedy and caricature. There’s something substantial waiting for moviegoers when the laughter dies down.

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Like Jon himself, it’s all a bit slick. At a trim 90 minutes, Gordon-Levitt could have afforded to slow down and give the transition into the final act a few more beats. He also uses technique as a shortcut, showing off in ways that only call attention to his rookie status (clever cuts, call-back montages, etc.).

With a cast this good, such missteps are easy to forgive, though. Johansson walks a fine line, allowing her Long Island-princess routine to get a little messy, and Julianne Moore effortlessly offers the heartfelt antidote to “Don Jon”'s manufactured glitz. Gordon-Levitt, who’s note perfect himself in the muscled-up lead, smartly lets Moore, a performer we are prone to trust, crack open the facade so we can at long last see there’s a lot of heart keeping all that pretense going.
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Re: {!@!@!@} Watch Don Jon Online{{Movie HQ}}

Postby ankitvaid464 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:08 pm

So what? Well, unfortunately, his new girlfriend — the stunning Barb (Scarlett Johansson, perfectly cast) — has a problem with Jon’s extracurricular interests.
A tough-talking princess, she’s appalled by several of his choices. His reliance on porn offends her, but so does his easygoing lack of ambition. Like Jon, she has formed her ideas of sex and romance from what she has seen on screen — though in her case, the influence is not hard-core but Hollywood.



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"Don Jon" writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and co-star Scarlett Johansson

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Jon’s strictly defined life is shaken, unexpectedly, when he meets a sexy older woman named Esther (Julianne Moore). Both flighty and grounded, she’s experienced enough to expand Jon’s vision of the world.
Though he senses them, Jon can’t pinpoint the dangers of a hypersexualized culture built on unrealistic standards — be they found in rom-coms or pornography. But Gordon-Levitt can, and does, in ways that are so fast and funny, you may be too busy laughing to notice his artistry.
That said, the movie isn’t without flaws. As the voice of hard-won knowledge, Esther provides the crucial balance between Jon and Barb’s extremes. But her character’s quirks feel forced, in part because Moore is so miscast. An actress like Heather Graham, whose own Barbie-like beauty is innately infused with vulnerability, would have been a much more organic choice.
There are other stumbles, too, including an oddly rushed ending. But nothing worthy of appreciation can — or even should — be purely perfect. I’ll take messy, daring creativity like Gordon-Levitt’s over a formulaic fantasy any day.


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